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Why do I have to pay to visit St Paul's Cathedral?
Last year, more than two million people came to St Paul’s – 1.2m came in free during worship, another 940,000 paid as sightseers.
At St Paul’s we receive no money from the government, and as such, are fully responsible for raising all the income needed to operate.
We are both an active working church with four services each and every day (five on a Sunday) and an extremely popular visitor destination for people from all round the world.
With a busy staff to support a full schedule of services, concerts, recitals, debates and other events, and responsibility to maintain and enhance one of the world’s most iconic buildings, asking sightseers to pay for entry is a vital part of our annual income. Without this we would not be able to staff the building and galleries and be open for people to visit as they do.
However, we never have and never will charge a penny for worship. All our services are free and we welcome all people. There is also a chapel set aside for private prayer and contemplation throughout every day.
Are there any areas I can visit for free?
Yes, St Dunstan's Chapel is open throughout the day for those who wish to sit quietly and say a prayer. Services are also free to attend.
What time do services take place?
Monday to Saturday
7.30am - Mattins
8am - Eucharist
12.30pm - Eucharist
5pm - Choral Evensong (Evening Prayer is said on Monday)
8am - Holy Communion
10.15am - Choral Mattins
11.30am - Sung Eucharist
3.15pm - Choral Evensong
6pm - Eucharist
These services can occasionally be subject to change. Please check the Cathedral calendar for details.
Can I reserve seats in the quire for Evensong?
Weekday Evensong is usually sung in the quire and at most of these services members of the public are invited to sit in the quire for the duration of the service, however seats are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to be seated in the quire we suggest you arrive at least 30 minutes before the service. There is access for wheelchairs users to the quire and if you require this please contact a Virger or Steward on your arrival.
Why am I not allowed to take photographs in the Cathedral?
Even outside of service times St Paul's is a place where visitors can seek solace and comfort. Photography can be very distracting, especially when you take into consideration the large number of visitors that come into the building on a daily basis. In the past St Paul's has, as an experiment, relaxed the photography rule. However, the combination of camera flashes and groups queuing up to pose for photographs under the dome led to the conclusion that allowing photography would greatly detract from the spiritual life of the Cathedral.
Visitors are permitted to take photographs on the external galleries, without tripods, on a non-commercial basis.
All requests for commercial photography should go through the press office.
Are there any tours available?
Yes, introductory talks (20 minutes) and guided tours (90 minutes) are available and included in the price of admission. For those who wish to discover the Cathedral at their leisure, multimedia guides are available and are also included in the price of admission.
Multimedia guide: are there any multimedia guides available?
Yes, multimedia guides are available in 12 languages including BSL and are included in the price of admission. Family multimedia guides and audio description guides are also available.
Multimedia guides: in what languages are the guides available?
The multimedia guide are available in available in 12 different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and British Sign Language (BSL).
Is there an entrance for wheelchair users?
Yes, via the south churchyard. Visitors with mobility issues are also able to use the lift to travel between to Cathedral floor and the crypt. Find our more about access to St Paul's.
Who can get married at St Paul's Cathedral?
Only members of the Order of St Michael and St George, the Order of the British Empire, holders of the British Empire Medal, and members of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor and their children. Find out more information here.